Well, it depends what you’re trying to remedy. Here’s a quick guide:
- Never use baby wipes, vinegar or other home remedy for cleaning or stain removal. Many of these products contain chemicals and substances that may damage the color, dry out the leather or create a build-up of grease
- Never use water on grease stains as this will worsen the condition of your item
- Avoid using saddle soap to clean your bags as it may cause discoloration
- The key to removing ink marks is to treat them right away. Seek professional help as soon as possible. If you are unable to do so, try an ink removing product for leather. Follow the care instructions and make sure the stained area is conditioned and left to dry
- Always use the right product if you want your belongings to last. Note the active ingredients, and test it on a small, inconspicuous spot first
Quick fixes are just that; they may appear to remedy a stain for the short-term (if you’re lucky), but will almost definitely cause irreparable harm to the item in the long-run. If in doubt, and to be safe, bring affected items to a professional cleaner for consultation.